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PEMBROKE, N.H. -- Associated Grocers of New England here said yesterday that it named regional industry figure Donald Tranten to its board of directors.
Tranten is the president of The Tranten Family, Inc., encompassing a grocery store and combination c-store/gas station. He grew up in the family store in Kingfield, Maine that his grandfather bought in 1955 from Amos Winter, founder of the Sugarloaf USA ski resort. After college he joined the family business, and since 1998 has served as
"Don and his family's business have deep roots in Maine's grocery industry," said board chairman Thomas Bradbury in a statement. "His experience and depth of knowledge will be invaluable as we continue our expansion into the state."
AG New England distributes to independent retail stores across New England and into New York, but in the past year has seen what it calls a "significant" increase in retail stores in both Maine and Massachusetts.
Before joining Associated Grocers of New England, Tranten was active with boards and committees of AG of Maine, an unconnected company.
AG New England, owned entirely by independent retail grocers as members of a cooperative, is the largest retailer-owned, wholesale grocery distribution center in New England. The co-op serves independent retail food stores in Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the upstate New York/Albany area.